FAQs

faq1What is Glenwood?

Glenwood School is a public, therapeutic day school designed to meet the educational, emotional, social and behavioral needs of special education students. Our program is student-centered and focuses on providing a supportive, respectful and healing environment where students can meet reach academic and social-emotional potential.  We use Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) as a school-wide system for teaching and modeling positive learning and social behaviors. 

Students benefit from our small class sizes, which allow us to meet each student’s unique set of needs. 

Students also have access to many resources, including social workers; psychologists; speech, occupational and physical therapists; and classroom teachers who meet the highly qualified regulations of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.  Our team is committed to special education children and their families.

Where is Glenwood?

We are located at 1525 Bloomingdale Road in Glendale Heights.  Our school is located approximately two miles west of Interstate 355, between North Avenue (Route 64) and Army Trail Road.

What is the school phone number?

Our number is (630) 871-2300. Parents may access our staff directory to leave a message at any time.

What are Glenwood’s office hours?

Office hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

How do I report my child as absent or needing to leave school early?

If your child is going to be absent, you must call the office before 9 a.m.  Absences occurring in the afternoon must be reported by 11:30 a.m.  Call (630) 871-2300 to report an absence.

In order to ensure the safety of every child at Glenwood, if a student is not present and we have not received a phone call from a parent, we will call home or other contacts to verify the absence. 

If you know your child is sick the night before school and will not attend school the following day, you may leave a message with us at (630) 871-2300.

If you need to excuse your student during the day, you must come into the school to sign your child out at the time of departure and state the reason that your student is leaving school.

How is transportation arranged?

We contract with Septran, and our paraprofessionals drive Septran’s vehicles.  Students are picked up and dropped off at their homes along routes organized through Glenwood.  New students will be contacted with details about riding the bus.  Students must be ready for their bus no later than 7:30 a.m.  The bus driver will honk the horn and wait 3 minutes before heading to the next stop. Note:  Drivers are not allowed to go back for a student who misses the bus. Parents or students may call (630) 871-2300 in the morning to check the driver’s location.

Can my student bring a cell phone to school?

We strongly encourage students to leave cell phones at home during the school day. Students are prohibited from having a cell phone at Glenwood.  However, if the cell phone is used as a music listening device, earned through Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) rewards at school, the phone must be turned in to the front office or the homeroom teacher before the start of school. 

If a student is discovered in possession of a prohibited cell phone, the phone will be given to an administrator and returned to the student at the end of the school day.

Glenwood is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

What is the dress code at Glenwood?

Students are expected to dress in a manner that does not draw attention away from the learning environment.  Clothing that is unacceptable includes clothing that depicts drugs, alcohol, violence or gangs or is sexually explicit in words, symbols or pictures.  Head coverings may not be worn in the school. Pants must be worn at the waist and not sag to reveal any underclothing.  The homeroom staff will address girls’ clothing that is revealing, including midriff tops, low-cut tops, short shorts or short skirts.  If a student’s clothing is inappropriate, the school staff will provide more appropriate clothing.

Breakfast and Lunch Program

Glenwood contracts with a local school district to provide a Nationally Certified School Breakfast and Lunch Program. All students are provided with a nutritious cold breakfast each day. Students who qualify for a free or reduced lunch will be provided a hot lunch each day. Lunches are available for a purchase for those students who are required to pay. All applications for Free or Reduced lunch must be processed through the home district.

When are report cards issued?

Student report cards are issued quarterly.  Please direct any questions regarding grades to the classroom teacher.

Emergency School Closings

When the weather is bad, Glenwood follows a set of guidelines for deciding if school will be in session.

Administrators from Glenwood and the Cooperative Association for Special Education (C.A.S.E.) review the weather conditions very early in the morning and determine if the school is accessible for students and the staff.   We decide whether to close schools by 5:15 a.m. and then communicate this decision to all local news outlets.

How you can find out if schools are closed

On days when the weather is bad, please check our Web site.  If Glenwood is closed, you will see a scrolling message at the top of your computer screen.  Also, you may tune in to any local radio or television station for information about school closings.

Why school is not dismissed early on days when the weather is bad

In many of our families, adults work outside the home and they have no childcare arrangements for younger children available before the end of the school day. However, if your schedule allows and if you feel your student(s) would be safer at home, you may pick up your student(s) before the end of the school day. If you do, go to the school office and request that your student(s) be dismissed to you.

We try to keep school open

When school closes, many families have issues with child care. As a result, we try to keep school open if it is safe to do so. However, parents can always make the decision to keep their students at home in bad weather.